The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has scrambled its Typhoon fighter jet after Russian military aircraft flew over the Black Sea.
The Typhoon took off from the Romanian Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base near Constanta, located on the Black Sea coast. It monitored the Tu-22 Backfire strategic bombers jets as part of the NATO Enhanced Air Policing (eAP) mission being conducted in Romania.
135 Expeditionary Air Wing Commanding Officer Wing Commander Andrew Coe said: “This was a routine operation and is no different to what NATO aircraft do in other areas on a regular basis.
“The RAF have a long tradition and experience of conducting such activities in the UK and it is a normal peacetime activity to monitor flights in airspace of interest”.
The Russian bombers were tracked as they departed south but the jets did not come within visual range of each other, the RAF stated.
Officer Commanding 3(F) Squadron Wing Commander Lewis Cunningham said: “It worked as we would have expected it to. We took down the details, ran to the aircraft and I took off within the prescribed timeline.
“It’s satisfying. We spotted that there was something happening and then very quickly the phone call came and we were running out of the door.”
The RAF mission in Romania is being conducted as part of Nato’s assurance measures, introduced in 2014.